France Faculty and Staff

Bonjour and welcome,

Spending a high school year abroad at SYA France will be one of the most exciting and meaningful educational experiences you will ever have. I know that it will be difficult to study abroad for nine months, but I can guarantee you that it will change your life for the better.

Our school occupies a beautiful, 19th century manor house in the city center of Rennes, just two blocks away from the well-known Thabor Garden and many other historic landmarks. You will live with a carefully selected French host family; engage in an exciting curriculum that brings French language, culture and art to life; and travel extensively to some of the most interesting parts of this amazing country. SYA France’s faculty includes both American and French teachers: our English and Math teachers hail from some of the best independent schools in the U.S., while our French faculty-members are well-versed in teaching American students.

What truly helps bring SYA to life, however, are the first-hand testimonials of our students. Year after year, our students share how stunning it is go to school as well as live in this vivid, youthful and quintessentially French city; that occasionally they take a moment to stop and take note of the beauty, the paradoxes and the vibrancy of life in Rennes. They feel that travel has opened their eyes to possibilities they could not have otherwise imagined and that new relationships have taught them who they are. They experience the great gift of fresh local produce; they discover the intricacies and delights of French cuisine as part of their weekly diet. They study and come to understand the complexities of the French identity. They even follow the traces of the lost generation writers in Paris and witness the formation of the latest art trends. Academically, they attain the highest degree of fluency in their spoken and written French and culturally they now view their lives at home through a new lens. I love sharing the transformative experience that SYA offers with a new group of students each year, and watching them grow into mature, independent and worldly young adults.

SYA gives you the opportunity to spend junior or senior year of high school making France another place to call home. If you or your parents have any questions about France or the program, feel free to contact our Admissions Office at 978.725.6828 who will be glad to answer your questions, tell you about our school in Rennes and the SYA experience. I look forward to welcoming you to our school!


Denis Brochu
Resident Director
SYA France

SYA France Resident DirectorDenis Brochu, Resident Director
Denis Brochu joined SYA France in 2007 after 24 years at Phillips Exeter Academy (NH). Brochu has been an award-winning French teacher at all levels, a beloved dorm head and a respected administrator. During his time at Exeter he served in many capacities including French language instructor, dean for academic affairs and as the SYA coordinator from 1990 and having chaired the evaluation team that observed the Rennes campus in March 2005. A native of Quebec, Brochu grew up speaking French as a first language and spent the first years of his life on the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Laurence. After college in New Hampshire, he taught, held administrative posts, and contributed actively to professional associations in the Franklin, New Hampshire public school district before moving to Exeter in 1983. Brochu earned his BA and MA degrees at Plymouth State College and Rivier College, respectively.

France Faculty and Staff

Marie-Anne André-Dumon (1999)
French Literature
BA University of Nantes

Kimberly Baker (2011)
BA, MA Eastern Michigan University

Severine Bordeau (2015)
French Language
BS, BS, MA University of Rennes

Dominique Borotra (2016)
French Language
BS, MA University of Poitiers

Sophie Boynton (2000)
Administrative Assistant

Jeanne Frelaut (2006)
Host Family Coordinator

Jean-Philippe Lemée (1981)
Art History
BA, MA, PhD University of Rennes

Pascal Montéville (1986)
Political Science and Global Issues, Co-Curriculars Coordinator, Special Programs Coordinator, Summer Program Director
BA University of Rennes

Gilbert Nicolas (1979)
BA, MA University of Brest, PhD University of Rennes

Robert Northcutt (2016)
BS Stanford University, MS University of Arizona

Mina Mostamandy Qadir (2015)
Dean of Student Affairs, College Counseling Liaison
BA, Teaching Certification, Cal State East Bay, MS National University

Gilles Raguin (1991)
French Language
BA University of Rennes

Benjamin Sabatier (2004)
History, Political Science, Technology Coordinator
BA, MA University of Brest, PhD University of Rennes

Janique Valy (2016)
Environmental Science
BS University of Montpellier, MS, PhD University of Rennes